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hello. it is 6:00 p.m. in tokyo, 5:00 a.m. in washington. this is "world one" live from london. coming up this hour, a terrible task five days after the tsunami. thousands of people are still missing, but many of the bodies are starting to be recovered. but among the gloom, there are
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heartwarming stories of survival. here you see a family reunited. they almost can't believe it's true. plus, gulf states including saudi arabia sends military forces into bahrain at the kingdom's request. we begin this hour with the latest nuclear developments out of japan's tsunami disaster zone. officials have been concerned over radiation levels at the damaged plant in fukushima. they hit dangerous highs on monday and have now dropped back to where the government says they're no longer threat to human health. there have been explosions, though at the reactors number one, two, and three. authorities say water levels are now stable at reactors one and three. the fire is now out at number four. however, reactor number two the still may be in trouble with a new explosion there this tuesday. and questions about whether the containment vessel is breached. there's a no-fly zone in 30
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kilometers within the plant. the plant's owners have ordered all but 50 of their workers to leave. and officials say at least 500 people remain within the evacuation zone. here is japan's chief cabinet secretary on what precautions residents should be taking. >> translator: please keep the windows shut. do not use ventilation. and if you are to hang your laundry, please keep them indoors. and the further away you move from the power plants, the radiation level will become lower. so beyond the 20 kilometer radius of the radiation level should be reduced quite much so that the harm to human health
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would be minimal or none at all. but still, of course, the radiation spread will depend on the wind speed and wind direction. >> we want to get more now on this rapidly developing story. stan grant joins us from tokyo. and stan, this is an increasingly fluid situation there in fukushima plant. keep us up to date on what we know right now. >> this really is changing rapidly. we've had the explosions, the fallout, the higher radiation readings. i want to bring you something now about reactor number four. we've been learning this over the last hour. talking about the reactor number four, which was not operational. there were spent fuel rods sitting in a pool of water in there. normally these pools are about 45-foot deep and these fuel rods are at the bottom.
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but because of the intense heat generated in recent days, they feared that those -- the water level may have evaporated. and that's where that fire began. now, if, indeed that was the case, what would happen there is you would have a radioactive cloud that would then disperse into the atmosphere. we've been looking on the international atomic energy website. and they're also reporting that the japanese officials have told them that, yes, there was some radiation released into the atmosphere. the officials are saying that fire is what triggered this higher than normal, the record high reading of radioactivity we had inside the plant itself. this reading was at 400 -- this is 1,000 times higher. so, of course, that would be dangerous to peoples health.
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that was contained inside the reactor itself, inside the plant. outside the plant, those radiation levels have been very dramatic falling. and this is what the authority, the officials have had to say about that. not so long ago. >> translator: the level has come down to the level to cause no harm to human health according to the report i have received. >> now, as you're saying here, the levels have come down, and that's consistent with what we've seen in past days. you would see a spike in the radiation levels, and then it would rapidly come down as this material disperses and starts to break down. but, of course, at the same time, there is this 20-kilometer exclusion zone. people have been evacuated as we've been talking about. and the prime minister has warned people within a 30-kilometer zone must stay inside, keep the windows shut, and the doors closed. a lot of questions to be
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answered about the fire in reactor number three. did that cause any damage to the containment vessel around the reactor and the fuel rod? and also, what happened in number four? and what is happening to the spent fuel rods and the radioactive material that may have been released as a result of that. and all of that is still yet to be confirmed. >> it's still quite a dangerous situation whichever way you look at it. at the end of the day, only 50 workers left at the plant trying to maintain, i guess, trying to contain any sort of leakage or further explosions. at what point have the authorities said that they might have to decide whether or not to evacuate the plant entirely? >> reporter: yeah, we haven't heard that about a complete evacuation. of course, they have got people out of there as you say. the thing is they really did solve the problem, as well. uncharted territory here with the inability to bring this
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cooling situation under control. we know there's been various problems along the way, the build-up of hydrogen, which caused the explosion, blowing out walls and rooftops off part of the reactors, radiation levels peaking and dropping and now the situation in reactor number four. so they still need to get to the heart of the problem. let's address that issue with the cooling systems. what we are hearing from the officials is that water has been flowing into reactors one, two, and three, and able to stabilize that situation. they also reported a bit of a rise in temperature in reactors five and six. and as i say, this fire which is now out in reactor four, the question still around about what happened to the spent fuel rods that was sitting in the pool. and what about the radioactive fallout from that. they're juggling many different fronts. uncharted territory, they have to deal with the problem itself inside the plant. >> all right. stan, thank you for that. stan grant there in tokyo.
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so basically what we do know at the very basic level this problem seems inside the reactor got too hot. earlier tom foreman explained to anderson cooper how this particular crisis is playing out looking at the mechanics of how a reactor overheats. >> this is from nhk on japanese television. essentially what you had was this reactor core started heating up after the accident, the pumps kicked in that are supposed to cool it down, but then they had an electrical failure and the pumps went dead. so a bunch of diesel pumps kicked in then, and they were running, then they went dead. not yet clear why. maybe the tsunami did this. then another set of battery pumps kicked in. they worked for a while, and they went dead. it appears maybe the batteries ran out. it's not entirely clear. then they started pumping in sea water to solve the problem. but anderson, i want to go back to what jim said at the beginning. as these rods become exposed in here, they heat up a lot.
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this uranium rod in here can go up to about 2,200 degrees in terms of the heat it can produce. but it melts at about 2,100 degrees. so the truth is if you can't keep enough water in there to keep it cooled down, it will start melting on itself. and what jim was talking about was the different chambers here. this is the reactor part itself. the concern earlier this evening, all the worry was not only did they have a problem here, but this, the outer container, which is the last line of defense when they had that explosion this morning, they had a drop in pressure inside here, which would suggest that there was some kind of venting going on. and they had a rise outside here in the radiation readings they were getting that sanjay was talking about. the rise outside that was a level that was about as much as you could stand in an entire year. now it does not seem clear what
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happened or if there was actually a breach in here or not. but that's what we're talking about. >> well, we want to take a look at how newspapers around the world are reporting and what they're saying about the nuclear issue. in the uk, the guardian has a headline, nuclear is never safe. the paper says if something can possibly go wrong, it will eventually. if there were no alternatives to cut carbon emissions, then industry and governments might be forgiven. but when the stakes are so high, the scale so big, and there are safer ways, it seems sheer folly to go on. the "wall street journal" takes a different stance on this. the headline "nuclear overreaction." plauz a plane crashes, we don't stop flying. the world should learn from the crisis, not let it speed a political panic over nuclear power in general. and finally, the australian newspaper here with the headline "sense of perspective vital and ongoing japan disaster." goes on to say we place great
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hope in those making fukushima safe because a radioactive spill would exact a terrible additional toll. but let's not the forget that even without that, thousands of people are unaccounted for, oil refineries and buildings are burning, and hundreds of thousands of people need food, water, shelter, and power. one issue, many views. and you can read all those articles in full at you are watching "world one" live from london. there are so many victims in this tsunami. this is just one converted classroom in the school. to my right, there are very elderly people. to my left, a child. with thousands of people missing in japan, we take you to that emergency shelter where survivors are desperately waiting for any news of their loved ones. homeowners -- rates have been going up, but you can still refinance to a fixed rate as low as 4.75% at,
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hello, this is "world one" live from london. >> hello, everyone. our top stories out of japan for you. japan's nuclear crisis is building at this hour. as the no-fly zone put in place over the earthquake-damaged fukushima nuclear power plant. radiation levels there hit dangerous highs on tuesday. and they've now asked people within a 30-kilometer radius to remain indoors. all but 50 nuclear power plant workers have left the area. nearly 500,000 people have been forced into temporary shelters in japan, according to the broadcaster nhk. they're all victims of last friday's twin disasters. figures say more than 3,600 people are missing, but thousands more are still unaccounted for. as we've said, hundreds of thousands of people are camped
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in crowded shelters right now facing long lines for food and fresh water. the entire time there, having an agonizing wait for news of missing family and friends. but amid the ruins of sendai, people who know they're lucky to be alive and be together. >> reporter: in a tsunami disaster this massive -- she is learning the small gestures matter most. food and water she says from someone she barely knows. sato lost everything in the tsunami that hit sendai. she learned from these before and after satellite images in the newspaper that her home was destroyed. >> i never imagined a tsunami could do this, she says, saying she lives inland about two miles from the ocean. she is one of the hundreds of new residents of shitiko elementary school.
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only three weeks old, her father says he's numb and can't seem to put her down. every since he and his wife fled from the water and debris that flattened their town. i have to protect my children, says this new dad. the only thing i can think, i have to protect my children. children blissfully unable to understand, others clearly do. >> there are so many victims in this tsunami. this is just one converted classroom in this school. to my right, there are very elderly people. to my left, a child. all of them awaiting word on the status of their homes and their families, all of the missing. they say it's impossible to think beyond this immediate emergency. the most pressing, locating the missing. the message board is filled with calls for help to find relatives. i can't find them says this man, the tsunami has hit all of sendai in some way.
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stores still damaged and without power are selling what they can. you can see the need for yourself as the line wraps around the building. needed most, water, tea, and canned food. today only ten items per family. >> what happens tomorrow and the day after that? >> reporter: what can we do, says this mother of two young children. her husband quickly adds, at least we're all alive. >> you feel lucky still. >> definitely lucky. >> reporter: back at the school, two friends reunite by chance. rare tears of joy. outshed, though, by those of grief, and japan's growing humanitarian crisis. cnn, sendai, japan. >> another thing that rescuers and survivors have to contend with is the weather. we understand some weather is moving into the quake region. jennifer delgado with a look at what that means. jen? >> hi. the days after the earthquake,
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temperatures were actually above average for this time of year. but the problem is now, we are dealing with cold rain in the forecast. and we're also going to be dealing with snow. as i show you the temperatures right now, it's cold outside. you can see temperatures in the single digits in northern parts of japan and feels cooler. the temperatures are going to continue to drop. as we go through the overnight and even for the next several days, barely really going to struggle to make it out of the lower single digits. we have a storm system coming through pulling out of the sea of japan. that as i said will be bringing some rain and some snow. with so many people without power, in addition to people being homeless and without their belongings, this was certainly what you don't want to see. and again, we're going to see some of that snow working in. it's going to be heavy along the western coastline of japan. but we're talking about sendai, even there dealing with heavy rainfall and communities 20 kilometers to the west, some of those higher elevations, they're going to be dealing with that
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snow. that's not going to be for the search efforts. we should be at 9 degrees for the afternoon high. for wednesday, in addition to that snow, temperatures only climbing to 3. and thursday, we still could see some of that, again, snow lingering around those areas, including sendai over towards the west and certainly up to the northern parts of japan. and in addition to the cold as well as the snow, we're going to be talking about the winds for the next several days. right now, the winds coming in from the southeast, this is out of fukushima. of course, the power plant is a little bit close tore the coastline. but with an easterly flow, pushing over to communities towards the west and the north. and by tomorrow, when this system comes through, the winds are going to be coming out of the northwest. and that is going to be an offshore flow. that's what we want to see when we're dealing with that potential for that radiation to spread. but also want to point out, the
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winds will be dusty. that's also going to help to mix up that at matmosphere a bit. those are coming in offshore, that is also going to be a benefit, as well. we'll send it back over. >> jen, thank you. you are watching "world one" live from london and abu dhabi. still to come, the economic impact japan's quake is having and will continue to have on the world's thursday largest economy. stay with us. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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i welcome back, you're watching "world one" live from london and abu dhabi. one of the things we've been talking about is the big concern for survivors of japan's quake of the shortage of supplies. >> yeah. it's just getting basics like bread or water is difficult in hard-hit places like sendai. many people are having to wait
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in food lines like this one for hours at a time. >> translator: i was really worried my baby would get dehydrated. i'm relieved that finally i could buy formula. i'll prepare it right away. >> now, tokyo escaped the kind of damage found out in the northeast. that hasn't prevented it from escaping shortages, as well. people in the capital are queueing up for food, also long lines outside fuel stations. electricity has been rationed right now to avoid a blackout, rolling blackouts are regular occurrence in japan right now. meanwhile, the economy is taking a beating. many factories remain closed and the tokyo stock exchange that has recorded huge losses on monday. with more on this, we're joined by world business today's andrew stephens who is in hong kong. andrew, monday saw the nikkei drop more than 6%. today, tuesday, there was an even bigger drop.
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>> that's right. between the two days, something like -- well, if you look at the entire tokyo stock index, something like $720 billion in value has been wiped off the value of japanese companies. it sort of puts it in context just how big this selloff has been over the past few days. as you say, 6.2% yesterday, and another even bigger fall today. 10.5% down. this is the nikkei 225, which looks at 225 of the biggest companies in japan. at one stage today, the nikkei was down 14.4%. even as it stands, it's still the third biggest fall in all time in japan. and what's specifically interesting about this is it's been on the back of a lot of volume. people have been selling across the board. this is a graph that shows you the day's trading. we kicked off at 9440 as you see there. it came down fairly quickly. we hit the lunch break there,
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that plateau there. and during the lunch break, the prime minister naoto kan came out to say it was very high risk of radiation leaks, and that led to the second big leg, a big selloff bringing the market right down to a 14.4% down at one stage, did recover somewhat and came back off the end. but the volumes, record volumes, 20% more than yesterday, and yesterday in itself was a record day. so get the idea of the panicked selling going on. people are getting rid of it. as individuals and the big funds, the big institutional players getting out of the japanese market. take a look at these numbers here. these are household names. note these are two day losses. toyota down nearly 15%, honda down more than 10%, tokyo electric power, put that one in, that's actually the operator of the fukushima plant, down 42% in the past two days. certainly a big selloff and not
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surprising a huge selloff in tokyo electric power known as tepco. this today had ripple effects throughout the region. this is not just a tokyo story, japan story anymore. yesterday we saw the nikkei down 6%. most of that was unaffected. now you see a ripple across the region. the reason is we just don't know what's going on at fukushima with that nuclear fallout. we don't know how serious it's going to be at this stage. no one can give you any real indication of what's going to happen there. so there is a lot of people moving into safe havens which aren't stocks. hang seng you say down there nearly 3%. there's a real fear in the market for the moment, obviously. >> all that uncertainty just amplifying the impact of this disaster. andrew stevens, thanks. you're watching "world one" live from london and abu dhabi. what does the crisis in japan
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this is "world one" live from london. >> here are the top stories we're tracking for you this hour. japanese authorities are now asking anyone inside this 30-kilometer radiation zone in
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fukushima to remain indoors. they're concerned about radiation levels which hit dangerous highs, then dropped down again on tuesday at the earthquake-damaged fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. at least 50 workers remain at that location. and they're battling to keep four troubled reactors from overheating. nearly 2,500 people are confirmed dead in japan following friday's twin disasters. but that number is expected to rise as search teams reach some of the areas that were hit hardest. the country's prime minister says 15,000 people have already been rescued. many more are still missing according to the japanese broadcaster nhk, 450,000 people are camping out in temporary shelters. in other news, the u.s. state department has warned its citizens in bahrain to consider departing as unrest continues in that island nation. forces from saudi arabia and the united arab emirates have
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started to roll into bahrain where protests are heating up. the u.s. and the u.n. are urging the gulf states to act with restraint and allow people to demonstrate peacefully. meanwhile in libya, rebel forces appear to be regaining some of their strength. they've managed to slow government forces on their way to the eastern towns of benghazi and al brega. it is not clear who controls al brega, though. it's home to an oil refinery. forces oil -- the u.s. special envoy has arrived in tripoli to try to defuse the situation. the crisis in japan has many in the united states asking if it could happen there. you have nuclear power plants in just about every region. it is waned somewhat since the disaster three decades ago. but allan chernoff looks now at
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safety lessons for the u.s. >> reporter: fears of a nuclear meltdown in japan threaten to take nuclear power plant construction offline. reactors on the west coast south of los angeles are attracting the most attention from those worried about potential earthquakes. >> they've been designed to withstand this type of event. but so were the japanese reactors prior to the event. >> reporter: even nuclear supporters concede safety lessons must be learned from japan's crisis. especially true because u.s. plants rely on the same backup power for cooling systems that failed at the fukushima daiichi plant, diesel pumps, and battery. the nuclear industry says it's well-prepared for the threat of earthquakes and tsunamis. >> what we do is practice defense in-depth. so we have a series of systems or procedures that will protect against this or any other scenario that we're prepared for at all times. >> reporter: in the 32 years
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since three-mile island, the u.s. has not had an accident that has come close to the severity of that crisis, allowing nuclear power to regain acceptance. president obama has touted the benefits of nuclear as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. >> some folks want wind and solar, others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. to meet this goal, we will need them all. >> reporter: a new reactor for the tennessee valley authority is close to completion. it's supposed to fuel up next year. meanwhile, the nuclear regulatory commission is reviewing 12 applications for plant construction and operating licenses. but no matter how regulators weigh in on new plant construction, the u.s. cannot turn away from nuclear power. the nation's 104 nuclear reactors provide electricity to one out of every five homes and businesses in the country. the u.s. is a nuclear power nation, energy companies here
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hope to build as many as eight new plants by the end of the decade. but japan's crisis could limit america's ability to wean itself off fossil fuel. allan chernoff, cnn, new york. >> social media has been an important tool for those within the quake and tsunami zone within japan, but also those living outside. let's take a look at the topics in social media. at number three, fukushima is getting a lot of hits. that's in reference to the damaged nuclear plant in japan, people are talking about the plant itself. radiation and the debate surrounding nuclear power in general. that number two, the falling nikkei, japanese stocks tumbled for the second straight day. the world's third largest economy, and there have been lots of talks about whether it can handle the effects of this disaster and, of course, rebound from it. and at number one, hash tag help japan.
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people offering help and sharing ideas on how others can get involved, as well. and, of course, on our facebook page, you can find ways to help out. go to, you'll find a link to impact your world page. >> yeah, an important page. so many ngos and non-profits doing what they can to help people in japan. this is world one from abu dhabi and london. thousands of people are out of their homes in japan right now. stay with us as we find out about their struggle for survival. ugh, time to color.
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fukushima nuclear plant in japan. and people on the ground have not been advised to flee, but to stay indoors. that's after radiation rose to harmful levels. but authorities say it has now dropped. they also say water levels are stable at reactors one and three, and the fire is now out at reactor number four. they are, though, keeping a close eye on site number two after a new explosion there on tuesday. as thousands of people are still searching for family members, friends, and colleagues, basic supplies are running a bit thin on the ground. brian todd followed one u.s. team as it overcame all kinds of hurdles to get supplies quickly to one place of critical need ofunato. here's his report. >> reporter: these teams are eager to get to their destination. it's the city of ofunato about six hours by this route, we're told. this is a city northeast of sendai on the coast, very badly hit by the earthquake and the tsunami. frustration on everybody's part here because they want to get
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down there. it's a lot of hurry up and wait in a hangar like this one where they're pulling together all the equipment, the gear, the canine teams, boats, everything has to be loaded on to pallets. some of it getting there by air, some of it going in a convoy that we're going to be going in. we're eager to get there. and these guys from the l.a. team right here. they've got their briefing, fairfax is getting their briefing. a british team may be joining us in the operation. testing out one of the key pieces of equipment. this is the search camera going to be lowered into the rubble. search specialist tom griffin is with me. show us how thing this thing can extend. >> about 7 feet. we'll typically drill a hole or using an existing void hole to access a victim. the camera head has a light in it which we can adjust the brightness of. it also has a microphone and a speaker in it so we can speak to the victim and hear them. it gives us the ability to do
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actually visually view the person so we know exactly where to start digging. >> reporter: after a very long drive from the air base, we're now on the outskirts of ofunato, japan. now we have to stop here at least for several hours because the japanese government does not want these teams to unload all of their gear and start their base camp tonight concerned about the danger of setting up camp in the total darkness. and so these teams have to stay here on the outskirts for the next several hours. it's a the bit of a frustration. by the time they fan out into ofunato early tuesday morning local time, it'll be almost 90 hours since the earthquake struck. a real frustration for these teams and the people waiting for them in the city. >> well, adding to the frustration, there is fear as radiation exposures and major
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concern. we want to get a sense of what it's like on the ground in the worst-affected areas of northern japan. cnn's chief medical correspondent sanjay gupta joins us on the phone live there. what can you tell us about what this radiation exposure, potential threat of that? >> well, you know, the concern has been just how much radiation has been leaking from these plants. and they've been doing some numbers. we're getting some of the numbers back from earlier today specifically talking about the amount of radiation that was found inside the plant, inside the gates of the plant. a couple of very important points. first of all, the significance of that for people outside the plant and for people who are, you know, tens of kilometers from there is obviously important. but these numbers that people have been citing inside the -- around the plant itself may not have any meaning in terms of impact overall on human health on people outside the plant.
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i know that sounds like a lot to digest, but this is sort of what people are dealing with. let me give you a quick scale reference. i'm carrying around one of those -- basically a tool to measure radiation. you carry it in your breast pocket, put it here, and if the radiation level gets to a certain point, an alarm goes off and tells you that you're getting exposed to a radiation level that's too high. what would set off this alarm -- the levels were not high enough inside the gate, certainly not high enough outside the gate, but much higher than normal. what we heard just to put it in a scale of context, about 400 of what we're calling mil ining me. the radiation seems to be moving around. we heard about low levels being detected up to 175 miles away from the plant. so this was sort of a broad
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context. seems to be moving while the levels were not particularly high, this is the concern people are dealing with. >> sanjay, you're in the northern city of akita. give us perspective as to where you are in relation to the hard-hit areas of the quake and tsunami zone. >> reporter: well, we are basically west of that area now. you know, where we were just a few hours ago. a little bit north and a little bit west of that area. again, just because some of the reports i was just telling you about there and just to exercise being careful as opposed to being fearful, that was a decision we made collectively. but this is the area now, probably about 300 kilometers in a northwesterly direction from sendai and some of those areas north of sendai that were particularly hit hard. >> sanjay, thank you for that. dr. sanjay gupta there in akita
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northwest of sendai. you're watching "world one" live from abu dhabi and london. saudi troops sent in to help their gulf neighbors as the pressure mounts in bahrain. we'll bring you more of that and the day's other news in a moment. colate. it has 35% of your daily value of fiber. tasty fiber, that's a good one! ok, her mind. [ male announcer ] fiber one chewy bars. ok, her mind. but you can still refinance to a fixed rate as low as 4.75% at plus, get the best deal or we'll pay you $1,000. call lending tree at... today.
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welcome back. this is "world one" live from london and abu dhabi. >> we are approaching 6:00 a.m. in new york, noon in berlin, 8:00 p.m. in tokyo. here are our top stories. japan's nuclear crisis continues to be of grave concern as a no-fly zone is put in place over the earthquake-damaged fukushima power plant. authorities say radiation levels hit dangerous highs there on tuesday. but that they have since dropped back. everyone within 30 kilometers of the plant has been advised to remain indoors and an evacuation
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order remains in place in a 20-kilometer radius. dozens of people have been wounded across yemen after security forces opened fire to disperse demonstrations. protesters are demanding that the president step down. he's offering some political reforms, but refuses to leave. meanwhile, bahrain has called on its neighbors to help build the escalating protests in that country. forces are arriving in the gulf kingdom including some from saudi arabia. they've been dealing with protesters demanding economic and political reform for weeks now. the u.s. and the u.n. have been keeping a close eye on the situation in bahrain urging the gulf states to act with restraint and allow people to demonstrate peacefully. the u.s. state department has warned its citizens to consider departing the country because of all of this. for more on the fighting in bahrain, i'm joined by a correspondent here in abu dhabi.
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what can you tell us about the troops in bahrain, where they are, and what exactly it is they're doing. >> well, we've not gotten any new statements from the gulf cooperation council countries as to where they are. but we've spoken to many in bahrain. eyewitnesss tell us those troops are in the southern part of the country. they're not seeing any visible troop presence in the capital where the protests have been taking place. but we've spoken to other people there. a blogger a little bit earlier who said they don't know why these troops are there. they're afraid of what this signals. we talked to somebody else who said there's a lot of opposition figures they say they believe this force is an invasion, act of war, and also opposition figures calling for reform. still a lot of tension there right now today. >> the u.s. state department is advising americans to consider departing. not saying there is a mandate to. but talk to me about the fear in the country right now of sectarian violence between sunni
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and shia muslims. >> right now they're saying they're seeing armed groups patrolling certain neighborhoods in the capital. and they're saying when that happens, that really ratchets up the possibility of more sectarian violence. we've seen the tension rise in bahrain over the past month. and you see concern from bahrain's neighbors that it will continue to rise. you see it spilled over into saudi arabia, as well. that's the main concern. is this force there to protect the population, more of an anti-riot police force? we don't know yet. but there is a lot of concern that the sectarian tension is going to keep rising. >> how does this play into just the bigger picture in the region? we saw unrest in tunisia, spill over to egypt. that led to the ousting of the leaders in those two countries. and libya's a country where bogged down in a civil war. it seems the military has played a key role in the outcome of these demonstrations. how is that being viewed?
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>> absolutely. and bahrainis are saying they're concerned about what the military is going to do and what this force is going to do. they are fearing a crackdown. i've spoken to shiites and sunnis. they're saying in our country this is an internal issue. and there certainly shouldn't be outside forces coming in. but across the region, more and more of a crackdown. military more and more the past few days, shooting into crowds, firing to try to disperse people. there's injuries. bahrain, more of a military presence. the military's becoming more important as far as keeping these protesters at bay. in these countries, everybody we're speaking with. the people out in the streets are saying they're emboldened to keep coming out. >> we'll continue to watch closely to see how big the clashes become between demonstrators and forces there. thank you for joining me here. well, five days after the
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quake and tsunami struck northeastern japan, more images and video are emerging from the moments the disaster hit. some residents managed to find higher ground as the tsunami moved in and captured the terrifying moment on tape. >> translator: the buildings and homes of some 9,000 residents have all been swept away.
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>> tsunami waves came up the elevation. >> look, look.
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>> has been salutely absolutely incredible. it doesn't look real. you're watching "world one." >> thank you for joining us. we'll be with you again this next hour. but we want to give you another look at the amazing pictures we are getting in from japan. here a family is reunited after three days. rescuers found survivors in the muddy waters. this is "world one" right here on cnn.
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on this "american morning," a potential nuclear catastrophe is unfolding in northeast japan. there's been a new explosion at one reactor and a fire in another. sending dangerous levels of radioactive material spewing into the atmosphere. and there are warnings this morning from japan's prime minister that everyone within 20 miles of the plant needs to stay inside. but will that do any good? a change in wind direction this morning could put even more people in harm's way. the japanese stock market plunges, investors watching to see how the nuclear crisis there will impact portfolios here as safe haven investments gold and silver retreat. tiger woods going one-on-one with jimmy fallon on tv. how is he on the mini golf course?
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